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Almond Homemade Pesto Recipe

Making this almond homemade pesto recipe is about as simple as it gets. If you can push a button on a food processor then you can make this recipe.

Course Condiment
Cuisine American
Keyword homemade pesto, almonds, basil
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 6 or makes 1.5 cups total
Calories 305 kcal


  • 1/2 Cup Good Quality Olive Oil or Avocado Oil
  • 1/2 Cup Grated Parmesan Cheese works out to be about 1.90 oz
  • 2 Cups Fresh Basil Leaves works out to be about 1.80 oz
  • 1/2 Cup Almonds works out to be about 2.85 oz
  • 1/2 Tsp Salt
  • 4 Cloves Fresh Garlic


  1. Add the almonds, basil leaves, cheese, cloves, salt and garlic to a food processor

  2. Process that mixture until the almonds have broken down and everything is fully mixed.

  3. With the food processor running slowly add the oil. Stop every so often to check the consistency. If you like it dryer and don’t need all the oil then simply leave some out. 

  4. After you have a smooth pesto, give it a taste and if needed adjust the salt if desired.

  5. If not using the pesto right away, store in a glass jar in the fridge until ready to use.